Minority lawyers and their involvement in the Bar

first_img Minority lawyers and their involvement in the Bar Mark D. Killian Managing Editor When it was pointed out that in 2004 only two of the 78 names the Bar sent to the governor for nominations to the judicial nominating commissions were minorities, President-elect Hank Coxe responded that that was an indefensible position and he intended to do something about it.Coxe and President Alan Bookman then enlisted the help of the Membership Outreach Committee, the Virgil Hawkins Chapter of the National Bar Association, the Equal Opportunities Law Section, and other local minority bars to help find minority lawyers willing to serve on the JNCs.The result? This year 18 of the names sent to the governor for possible JNC appointments were minorities, Board of Governors Member Chuck Badger told those attending the Bar’s Third Annual Diversity Symposium in Orlando.“Eighteen compared to two is a marked difference, so I think it is time to applaud the efforts and try to make the 18, 36 next time,” Badger said.“We want to make the Bar meaningful to everybody,” Bookman said. “Every last one of the 78,000 plus members of The Florida Bar, whether you practice law or do not practice law, whether you are black or white, whether you are Jewish, Catholic, or a Muslim, whether you are gay or lesbian or disabled, African American or Cuban, it does not matter. This is your Bar. We are all in this boat together and we are going to sink or swim together.”To overcome the barriers to diversifying the legal profession, those in power must engage in “diversity of forethought,” said Benjamin Crump, a former president of the National Bar Association who chaired the symposium held on the campus of Florida A&M’s law school.“That means we think about it when we get ready to hire the next associate at our law firms,” Crump said. “I hope that we all will be guilty of having diversity of forethought. The whole world needs to have a greater appreciation for diversity if they want to stay on top. . . because this diversity thing, when you get right down to it, is about growth.”“Before you become a leader or ask The Florida Bar to do more, we have to ask ourselves what are we going to do about it,” said Ardyth Walker, chair of the Equal Opportunities Law Section. “What are we going to do as minority members, as members with disabilities, as gay and lesbian lawyers, to improve and increase diversity in the profession?”Walker said diversity is a two-way street and many of the solutions must come from minority lawyers themselves.“As long as we consider everyone who opposed us as the enemy, we can’t draw in friends, either,” Walker said. “So we have to be great creators and savvy and thoughtful and have vision and purpose and visibility in our own communities and bar associations, and that is the way to make room at the top. Because if we do those things, the opportunities will open for us.”June McKinney Bartelle, president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, also gave participants a report card of how the Bar is doing with its diversity efforts, including:• Thirty-two percent of the Bar is female and is increasing by about 1 percent a year. • Thirty-one percent of Bar committees are chaired by women and 66 percent of the vice chairs are women. • Thirty-two percent of Bar sections are chaired by women, who also make up 38 percent of the chair-elects. • Thirty-six percent of the presidents of voluntary bar associations are women. • Thirty-six percent of the chairs of Board of Governors’ committees are women, as are 30 percent of the vice chairs.Bartelle also noted there are nine women on the Board of Governors (17 percent), and that number will rise to 10 when the new board is sworn in June, bring the total to 19 percent women.Jamie Billotte Moses, president of the Young Lawyers Division, said the demographics of those involved in Bar work are shifting.“The makeup of the [YLD] board has changed significantly, and that’s because the young lawyer experience is quite different than the rest of yours,” she told the participants. “If 51 percent of law students are women, hopefully 51 percent of them are leading the show.”Moses said 22 of the 45 members of the YLD board are now minorities or women, and close to 60 percent of the speakers at the YLD’s 30 yearly CLE seminars are minorities or women.“It is a beautiful thing when you see diversity at work,” Crump said. May 15, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img Minority lawyers and their involvement in the Barlast_img read more

The ‘Pacman’ legal battle begins

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Attorneys for Adam Pacman Jones have asked a Dearborn County judge to dismiss verbally abusive language used during a recent incident at the Rising Star Casino. Also, prosecutors are asking the court to bar anyone from commenting publically about the case.Sometime between midnight and 3 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27 Jones was accused of tampering with a bet and becoming abusive and combative with Indiana Gaming Commission agents.Jones has pled not guilty to intimidation, battery on a public safety official, cheating at gambling-all felonies and resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and public intoxication- all misdemeanors.Dearborn-Ohio County prosecutor Lynn Deddens tells the court legal counsel for Jones, Lawrenceburg attorney Delmar Weldon, has granted media interviews before charges were filed and a review of evidence provided by the state. She contends the interviews endanger the “integrity and fairness of the proceedings.”Judge James D. Humphrey has scheduled a hearing on the matter for Thursday, March 21.last_img read more

Angels’ Andrew Heaney set for simulated game Monday

first_imgCLEVELAND — The Angels are planning to bring Andrew Heaney back without first having him go through the formality of pitching in a minor league game.That suits Heaney just fine.“I don’t necessarily believe in the whole game-speed thing,” Heaney said Saturday. “If you do a sim game, it’s in a big-league stadium against big-league hitters in front of nobody. If you do a minor league game, it’s to minor league hitters in a minor league stadium in front of nobody. So it’s not that much of a difference.”Heaney, who has been out since July 16 with shoulder inflammation, is scheduled to throw about 60 pitches over the equivalent of four innings in a simulated game Monday in Cincinnati. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros If that goes well, Heaney could return to the Angels rotation as soon as next weekend in Boston.Heaney is eager to get back on a mound and finish strong after what has been a forgettable season for him so far.In spring training, he tried to pitch through elbow discomfort for too long and ended up missing nearly two months of the season. Then he returned and posted a 5.09 ERA over nine starts before going on the injured list with a shoulder issue.The season got even worse for Heaney and his teammates about a month ago with the stunning death of Tyler Skaggs, whom Heaney called his best friend.“Obviously, it’s been a very (bad) season, a nightmare season for me and some other guys in general,” Heaney said. “When we came to spring training, this is not what we envisioned. But from a team standpoint, we’re still right there. Obviously we have not played well at all in the last week. I want to finish strong. I think everyone wants to finish strong.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img MIDDLETON UPDATEKeynan Middleton, who had a setback in his rehab from Tommy John surgery a couple weeks ago, is getting closer to being ready to return to a mound, Manager Brad Ausmus said.“The report on him yesterday was extremely positive,” Ausmus said Saturday. “I can’t tell you when he’s going to be off the mound, but he has been throwing. Yesterday was probably his best day from a strength perspective.”Ausmus said Middleton would probably need a couple bullpen sessions and then he could resume his rehab assignment. Middleton had pitched in four minor league games, including one at Triple-A, before his setback.RAMIREZ DROPS APPEALNoé Ramírez plans to drop the appeal of his three-game suspension, Ausmus said. The suspension, which stemmed from Ramírez hitting Houston’s Jake Marisnick with a pitch, will begin as soon as Ramírez is ready to return to the active roster.Ramírez is on the injured list after he came down with a stomach virus. Ausmus said Ramírez lost weight while he was sick, and now he’s got his appetite back and he’s trying to regain his weight and strength.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros When Ramírez is activated, he’ll begin the suspension. The Angels will have to play with a 24-man roster for those three games.ALSOAndrelton Simmons was scratched from Saturday’s lineup with left foot soreness…Dustin Garneau, who was designated for assignment by the Angels earlier this week, was claimed on waivers by the Oakland A’s…On Friday night, Dillon Peters gave up three runs in 7 2/3 innings, the Angels longest outing by a pitcher this season, but he is still expected to pitch after an opener when he has his next turn Thursday in Boston. Ausmus said it’s likely they’ll still use the opener because the game is after an off day, and they’ll have all their relievers available.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Jaime Barría, 4-4, 6.28) at Indians (RHP Shane Bieber, 10-4, 3.30), 10:10 a.m., Fox Sports West Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

Kitara Region tames Cranes in tour game

first_imgKitara is the first Region to defeat the Cranes in a tour game this year. (PHOTOS/FUFA)Uganda Cranes Regional TourKitara Region 1-0 Uganda CranesBoma Grounds, HoimaSaturday, 20-07-2019The Uganda Cranes suffered their first loss in the 2019 Regional Tour as they lost 0-1 to Kitara Region on Saturday.Having taken care of both Kampala and Bushenyi earlier in the year, the Cranes were confident going into the game but could not make it three times lucky.The only goal of the game came on 43 minutes with Bumate FC striker Vincent Kasoki popping up with the goods.In a cagey first 45 minutes, the Cranes had earlier come close to breaking the dead-lock by Allan Kyambadde’s lofted effort kissed the cross bar with Kitara custodian-Jamil Kiyimba beaten.Kyambadde (12) in action against Kitara Region on Saturday.Much like in the build-up win against URA FC on Thursday, Abdallah Mubiru made 10 changes at halftime with only Disan Ggaliwango retaining his spot at left back.Goalkeeper Saidi Keni, Daniel Serunkuuma, Nelson Senkatuka, David Owori, Paul Mbowa, Mustafa Mujuzi, Johnson Odong, Yusuf Ssozi, Asraf Mandela and Andrew Kigozi were all introduced.The second half saw Abdallah Mubiru’s side dominate but found chances hard to come by.In the closing minutes of the game, Yussuf Ssozi thought he had equalized for the Cranes but his goal bound effort was cleared off the line.In the end, Kitara held on to win the contest and the Cranes will now have to go back to the drawing board as they prepare for their CHAN 2020 qualifier against Somalia next Saturday.Speaking after the game, Mubiru noted that the game will help his side identify weaknesses ahead of Saturday’s match.‘It was a good game for us. Said Mubiru.“We dominated both halves but failed to hit the net.“The match has helped us to identify some of the weaknesses in the team that we should work upon before playing Somalia next week.”The Cranes are expectez to return to Kampala on Sunday before resuming residential training.They Cranes will then travel to Djibouti later in the week, where they will take on Somalia.Kitara starting IXJamil Kiyimba (GK), Richard Enjama, Rogers Lwebuga, Karim Ramathan, Maxwell Owanchgiu, Ivan Businge, Ramathan Dudu, Ronald Kyamanywa, Vicent Kasoki, Robert Baluku, Roger Miller Ahumuza.SubsYasiri Arafat (GK), Joel Oscar Munihizi, Brian Atuhaire, David Obedamoth, Patrick Ongeyumu, Andrew Omego, Steven Obbona.Uganda Cranes starting IXYasin Mugbi (GK), Paul Willa, Disan Galiwango, John Revita, Timothy Awany, Tadeo Lwanga, Tom Masiko, Bright Anukani, Allan Kayiwa, Patrick Kaddu, Allan KyambaddeThe Uganda Cranes team that started in the loss to Kitara.SubsJames Alitho (GK), Saidi Keni (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Paul Mbowa, Daniel Serunkuma, Nelson Senkatuka, Johnson Odong, Yusuf Ssozi, David Owori, Mustafa Mujuzi, Andrew KigoziComments Tags: abdallah mubiruAllan Kayiwaallan kyambaddeAndrew KigoziAshraf MandelaBright AnukaniDaniel SerunkumaDavid OworiDisan Galiwangojames alithoJohn RevitaJohnson OdongKitara RegionMustafa MujuziNelson Senkatukapatrick kadduPaul MbowaPaul WillaSaidi Kenitadeo lwangaTimothy AwanyTom MasikotopUganda CranesUganda Cranes Regional TourYasin MugbiYussuf Ssozilast_img read more